How much to tip private tour guide & driver

Dec 19th, 2004, 10:15 PM
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How much to tip private tour guide & driver

I have arranged a private 14 day tour of Egypt with Orbit Tours. Does anyone know what the suggested tips are for the driver and guide? I can't seem to find it anywhere and I don't want to undertip or tip well beyond the norm. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Dec 20th, 2004, 04:55 AM
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We use a guideling of US$5/day for guide; USD$2/day for driver. If you're a couple traveling you can give USD$5/day for driver. And of course if your guide goes out his way - taking you somewhere no as scheduled, assisting with bargaining you may choose to add a little extra. If you are taking a cruise, there are tips for the boat's crew - we used USD$5/day for each of us, which included housekeeping, waiters, bartenders such funds shared between these individuals.
Dec 22nd, 2004, 05:43 PM
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I just returned from Egypt and also did the $5USD/day tip for our guide and $2USD/day for the driver. Both seemed very happy with the tip...I traveled with 11 other friends so it was a nice tip.
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Dec 22nd, 2004, 11:31 PM
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We also tipped about the same, $5/day for guide and $3/day for driver.
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Jan 8th, 2005, 09:48 AM
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A few very basic questions.

Is it preferable to give the tip:

(1) In cash;

(2) In Eyptian pounds or, since I'm from the US, US dollars; and

(3) each day or at the end of the trip?

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Jan 8th, 2005, 11:08 AM
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In cash, at the end of the trip and at this point everyone wants Egyptian Pounds. The dollar is dropping so fast no one wants it as a tip if they can help it. That might change next month never know.
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Feb 9th, 2005, 08:19 PM
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Always tip in Egyptian pounds - it is difficult for Egyptians to exchange US money (would you want to receive a foreign currency while performing your job here in the U.S?).
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Feb 11th, 2005, 04:00 AM
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Mary B

You're right that it's best to tip in Egyptian pounds simply because that's the local currency;however, if I had a choice, I'd rather be paid in Euros than dollars right now.
Feb 19th, 2005, 05:40 PM
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When I was in Egypt in March, everyone asked for dollars (Cairo and Alexandria). The falling dollar may affect that now, however.
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